just a computer simulation?
Who or what is
More and more scientists
are now seriously considering the possibility that we might live in
a matrix, and they say that evidence could be all around us.
Rich Terrell, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),
California Institute of Technology has helped,
new moons around Saturn, Neptune and Uranus
taken pictures of
the distant solar system
Terrell has his opinion about our creator who most refer to as God.
"One has to think
what are the requirements for God?
God is an
inter-dimensional being connected with everything in the
a creator that is responsible for the Universe
some way can change the laws of physics, if he wanted to
think those are good requirements for what God ought to be,"
This is the same as
programmers creating simulations, Terrell explains.
Rich Terrell goes through his argument using
Moore's Law and the
how much computing power would a simulation of the
Humans are doubling the computing power every 13 months and Terrell
says that computers already match the human brain in computational
Right now (2012) our fastest computers on the planer are capable of one
million billion operations per second Terrell says.
At this rate, in 10 years, Terrell believes computers will be able
to create a "photo real simulation of all that we see around us"
- the Earth.
can a computer populate such a simulation with thinking beings,
artificially intelligent simulated beings, like humans?
thinks so and that humans are on the verge of creating worlds inside
computers populated by sentient beings.
Terrell says he has found evidence that God is a programmer in
"Look at the way the
Universe behaves, it's quantized, it's made of pixels.
Space is quantitized, matter is quantitized, energy is quantitized,
everything is made of individual pixels.
Which means the
Universe has a finite number of components. Which means a finite
number of states. Which means it's computer.
That infers the Universe could be created by lines of code in a
computer," Terrell says.
Is there evidence of
computer processing of our "objective reality"...?
The idea that we might live in a computer simulation
has been suggested by a number of scientists.
One clue is an experiment in the physics laboratory at the
California Institute of Technology.
A 1928 experiment (the
Thomson experiment plus the
Using an electron beam transmitted through a piece of graphite with
a screen behind is set up.
The background screen records how the
electrons ricochet off the graphite.
At this subatomic level, the
pattern is not random, as might be expected, but is a diffraction
"The experiment shows
something really rather extraordinary, that matter, even though
it behaves when you are looking at it, measuring it, as
individual particles, when you are not looking at it, matter is
It spreads out, it
doesn't have a finite form in the Universe."
When observed they are
"dots", when we look away, they lose their physical form.
Is this behavior of
matter similar, or parallel, to the behavior in a simulation?
Terrell says this is the
As in a simulation,
"The Universe gives
you what you are looking at when you look at it."
"When you are not
looking at it, it's not necessarily there".
This results in a
Universe that is pixelated and only assumes definite form when
observed. This is how computer simulations operate.
Terrell's idea is not really new and he is not the only scientist
who has suggested we might be living in a computer simulation.
In his science paper "The Simulation Argument" Professor Nick
Bostrom of Oxford University, suggested it is likely we are
already in a simulation being run by a "post human" civilization in
our own future.
We discussed Bostrom's
ideas in 'Do We Live in a Computer Simulation Created by
an Advanced Alien Civilization?'
Research conducted by other scientists such as for example David
Bohm, Karl Pribram and Alain Aspect
'Our Universe is a
Gigantic and Wonderfully Detailed Holographic Illusion'...
The idea that our creator
is a computer programmer is controversial and can even be offending
to religious people, but Terrell has his own views
spirituality and science.
"Our world bears all
the hallmarks of one that is simulated.
Who would be more likely
to simulate humans than humans from the future, our descendants?
They would be god-like beings able to create their own
Terrell actually finds spirituality in this
"I take great solace in this.
It shows that along the line we
have evolved from nothing into self-awareness and that
self-awareness has reached the stage now where our future selves
have become gods.
To me that's a very, very spiritual thing and that's where my
spirituality comes from in seeing things like that.
To me, that's a